Honey cocktails are a great way to enjoy a sweet yet sophisticated drink. These cocktails use honey as the primary sweetener instead of sugar. The natural flavors of honey come through in interesting and unique ways when mixed with spirits. Many honey cocktails provide a nice balance of sweet and alcoholic flavors, so they appeal to a wide range of drinkers. People looking for something a bit different than your typical sweet cocktail are sure to enjoy exploring honey cocktail recipes.
The honey provides depth and complexity that complements different liquors in surprising combinations. Whether you prefer sipping cocktails before or after dinner, honey cocktails offer refreshing and delicious options. Recipes range from lighter, crisper drinks perfect as an aperitif to richer mixtures that satisfy as an after dinner treat.
Bee’s Knees Cocktail
Kicking it off with something simple, the Bee’s Knees cocktail is as easy as it gets. With just honey, gin, water, and a bit of lemon juice, you’ve got yourself a refreshing spring drink that can be made in a matter of minutes. The minimalism of this beverage allows the sweetness of the honey and the sourness of the lemon to shine through and quell the harshness of the gin.
The penicillin cocktail is a peppery, tangy blast of freshness and saccharine goodness. It’s also a classic remedy for a winter cold since it’s made of throat-healing ingredients like honey, ginger, and lemon. While this drink is slightly spicy, it’s rounded out beautifully by the sugars in the honey. While we don’t necessarily recommend drinking away your cold, this may take the edge off of that winter chill!
Gold Rush Cocktail
Adding a bit of honey and lemon to a simple sweet bourbon can make all the difference in your drinking experience. The gold rush cocktail is an even drink where the wooden honey notes complement each other perfectly. Additionally, the zesty sourness of the lemon juice brings everything to life in a cocktail that goes down quite smoothly.
Tequila Honey Bee Cocktail
The tequila honey bee cocktail is a sweet take on a simple tequila cocktail. It’s somewhat of a party drink with a bittersweet mix of high-volume alcohols, honey, and bitters, best suited for warm summer evenings when the sun is still setting. It’s perfect for those nights when you don’t want the moment to end.
Honey Lemon & Grand Marnier Margarita
When you think of smokey and sweet, you think of summer. Well, while this is typically true, the honey lemon & Grand Marnier margarita provides a warmth more befitting of winter. It has a caramelly pallet of complex flavors, which are overall sweet, but not sickly so. This drink is one to try if you find yourself snowed in on a winter day.
Honey Rose Gin Martini
A honey rose gin martini is the answer to a romantic summer evening with that special someone. It’s a little bitter but mostly sweet and has a floral fragrance from the rose water that gives the drink a high level of extravagance. Its appealing taste is light yet somehow piquant enough to keep you sipping. This would be perfect to order at a wedding.
Grapefruit Honey Thyme Cocktail
A grapefruit honey thyme cocktail is a fragrant, citrusy gin-based cocktail commonly enjoyed during the spring, summer, and early fall seasons. It’s nothing too complicated to make, yet the honey sweetens the bitter grapefruit juice and creates a fruity, botanical drink that goes down fairly easily.
The Queen Bee is a versatile club drink with various alcoholic flavors, fizzy club soda, and of course, sweet honey syrup. It’s well-rounded and ideally served during in-door gatherings any time of the year. This is a winner if you love bubbly drinks.
The Brown Derby is essentially a Gold Rush with grapefruit juice. It retains the simplicity of the previous entry but adds a bitter citrus note to the equation and forms a beautiful sweet-sour flavor pallet.
Tropical, fruity, sweet, citrusy, and boozy, nothing summarizes the elements of summer better than a Pearl Diver. It’s rich in flavor, and while there’s a satisfying tinge of sweetness, it’s not overpowering since the bitters even everything out.
- Pick your favorite recipe
- Gather all the needed ingredients
- Prep a honey cocktail in less than 5 minutes